Japan all out at 15th Nongshim Cup

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The second round of the 15th Nongshim Cup finished on December 7, 2013 with Team Japan being eliminated. When play resumed on December 2, 2013, Kang only managed one more win, over Kono Rin, before succumbing to Team China’s Chen Yaoye. Chen also had a pretty good run, with three straight wins…

2013 Samsung Cup group stage wrap up

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After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of 2013 Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 5, 2013. 16 players progressed, including 11 players from China, and just 5 players from Korea. Japan’s players were all eliminated in the group stage…

Japan strikes back! The 18th LG Cup

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The main tournament of the 18th LG Cup started on June 10. There were many sensational games, especially those of Japanese players. There were only four players from Japan in the main tournament, but three of them won their first round games…

Gangnam Style hopes reignited as Won Punch sizes up against a tiger: 17th LG Cup

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On November 7, 2012, the 17th LG Cup semifinals concluded with Won Seongjin (9p) and Shi Yue (5p) proceeding to the final. One question on everyone’s mind is, does Won’s promise to dance Gangnam style if he wins (in the Samsung Cup) also apply to the LG Cup?

Experience trumps youth at 17th Samsung Cup

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On October 9 and 10, 2012, the knockout stages of the 17th Samsung Cup took place in Taejon, Korea. Perhaps due to the format of the Samsung Cup, this year’s semifinalists are more experienced overall than those we’ve seen in the lineup for other recent international tournaments…

Last 16 in the 17th Samsung Cup

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After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of the 17th Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 6, 2012. 16 players progressed to the knockout phase. As you already know, Gu Li (9p) and Lee Sedol (9p) made it through Group F after quite a bit of drama…

Favorites fall left, right and center at the 17th LG Cup

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In a surprising turn of events at the 17th LG Cup , several favorites, including Lee Changho, Lee Sedol, Gu Li, Park Junghwan and the defending champion, Jiang Weijie, fell in the round of 16. June 20, 2012 saw both Jiang Weijie and Lee Changho lose their matches, to Na Hyun and Li Kang respectively…

17th LG Cup back on the road

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On June 18, 2012, the main draw of the 17th LG Cup began in Korea. The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. This year’s first round draw produced some exciting games, such as the battle between two favorites, China’s Kong Jie and Korea’s Lee Sedol…

Just 8 players left in the 9th Chunlan Cup

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On March 30, 2012, the quarter finalists for the 9th Chunlan Cup were decided. The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world. Play started on March 28 in Taizhou, Jiangsu province, China. After two days of play, 16 of the 24 contenders had been eliminated…

Top 20 Go Players: Kang Dongyun and Heo Youngho

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Let’s start wrapping up our series about the Top 20 Go players. The next two players are Kang Dongyun and Heo Youngho. Kang Dongyun became a pro when he was 13 years old. He was regarded as a prodigy along with Kim Jiseok. Heo Youngho became a pro when he was 15 years old, but for first few years his performance wasn’t very impressive. He was not regarded as a prodigy, but he studies Go very hard when he’s alone.